Traveler Alumni Return to Teach
Many of the students who worked on the staff of The Arkansas Traveler returned to campus in later years to teach, either as members of the faculty or in an adjunct capacity.
- Marvin Hurley, who worked as a Traveler copy editor from 1928-30, was hired by Walter J. Lemke to help teach classes and write UA press releases after he graduated.
- Ernie Deane, who was Traveler editor in 1932-33, returned briefly in 1936 as an assistant in the UA News Bureau and to teach. Thirty years later, after a career with the Arkansas Gazette, he joined the faculty as an assistant professor and taught through the mid-1970s.
- William Good was listed as a desk editor on the 1926 Traveler. He was hired in 1946 as publicity director for the university and started teaching classes the next year. He continued to teach until the early 1970s.
- Jess Covington was managing editor of The Traveler in 1946 and returned to become chair of the department in 1960. He continued to teach until 1980.
- Bob Douglas was a managing editor of The Traveler in 1948-49. After rising to the position of managing editor of the Arkansas Gazette, he returned to the department as chair in 1981. He continued to teach until 1989.
- Sharon Bass wrote for The Traveler in 1974 and 1975. After graduation and a master's degree at the University of Texas, Bass returned to the university to teach magazine, feature-writing and graphic-art classes. She left Arkansas for a similar position at the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas, where she is an associate professor and director of the graduate program.
- Brenda Blagg was editor of The Traveler in 1969-70 and returned to teach news writing in the 1990s while continuing her reporting for The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.
- Gerald Jordan was a senior reporter and sports editor for The Traveler during the late 1960s. After working for the Kansas City Star and the Philadelphia Enquirer, Jordan returned to the UA in 1995 to teach journalism and advise the student newspaper. He also continues to work as a mentor for the Philadelphia Enquirer during the summers.
- Jennifer Fulford worked on The Traveler during the late 1980s. While working on her master's degree, she taught classes in the department as a graduate assistant and occasionally after taking a job with KUAF radio.
- Donna Lonchar, a managing editor of The Traveler in 1977, taught classes as a graduate assistant in the late 1990s while pursuing a master's degree. She continues to work for The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas.
- Skip Rutherford, editor of The Traveler in 1971-72, began teaching part-time as an adjunct professor in the late 1990s. He continues to work at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods and to direct the Clinton Presidential Center.